Looking around the room at the North Augusta Community Center on Feb. 8, I saw people that helped put Lindsey Graham in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. These same paying attendees approximately 250 were gathered hearing Richard Cash present himself as the Republican candidate to replace Graham.

I know many of these people I saw in attendance from both Edgefield and Aiken counties. The fervor to replace Graham is evident when people pack a room on Saturday giving up precious personal time.

They heard Cash deliver a strong biblically- and constitutionally-based speech you would never hear Graham give.

Cash was the first to announce his candidacy against Graham in the upcoming June 2014 Republican primary. Cash is known by all as a strong Christian and family man having started two successful businesses in the upstate of South Carolina. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in economics from Furman University. Never having held office before, he shocked the political establishment by placing first in the 2010 Republican primary among several candidates when Gresham Barrett vacated his U.S. House. Cash barely lost the eventual runoff to current seat holder Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Cash unabashedly talks about the 3 Cs in his platform: Christianity, capitalism and the Constitution. He has my support to replace Lindsey Graham.

Robert G. Gossett